The pandemic has lasted for over a year now. Even people who could safely work from home have struggled with the trickle-down effects of being sequestered for so long, mostly on their own.
The importance of continuing to follow the advice of medical experts can’t be emphasized enough, but that doesn’t mean it’s always easy. The difficulty only gets compounded if you’ve got young kids at home who should be out playing with friends.
Here are a few ways that you can keep boredom at bay safely from home.
Learn to Code
Whatever the future holds, it’ll be written in code. Between our attachments to smartphone apps and video games, there’ll be an enormous role and job potential in the future for people who know how to write code.
Today, industry leaders like RP4K do sessions online for children as young as seven. The classes teach kids how to code their own video game, so the lessons are fun and give children a concrete goal to stay motivated.
However, they also teach fundamental math concepts like integers and even trigonometry. Your kids will have so much fun learning coding languages real professionals use that they won’t even realize they’re absorbing math lessons!
Reading is a fantastic hobby that can transport the reader to a different time and place. Pick from beloved old classics that you can read for free because they’re in the public domain or bone up on contemporary fiction or cultural writing.
Depending on your child’s interests, they may prefer a YA novel or something else. There’s always something to suit their tastes! Read to your child, or let them read on their own if they can.
Reading is healthy for the mind, and kids could probably use some time away from a screen.
Amid the conditions of the pandemic, people have learned to bake and expand their cooking repertoire in lots of ways. Weekly or bi-weekly trips to the grocery store mean people need to learn to make tasty food with what they have in their larder, which has led to some creative innovations.
The additional time at home, combined with the inability to go to a local coffee shop, has given rise to sourdough creations by people who didn’t fancy themselves bakers. Food culture is a lot more than a city’s restaurant scene; there’s a lot to be said for knowing how to combine basic ingredients to create memorable meals that don’t have to be expensive or too fancy.
Putting kids on the path to food knowledge gives them a foundation for years of nutritious meals and fun escapades in the kitchen.
If you have managed to get to this point in the pandemic, take a bow! No matter your situation, you have triumphed over very real external struggles and internal stresses and anxieties. Keep the above tips in mind, and your child or children will have more fun staying safe at home.